I spent a long, indecisive time in the cracker aisle today, unable to decide on a cracker or chip to buy. I'm making a hot dip that has cream cheese, gruyere, a little garlic, caramelized onions, and bacon. Do I want crostini? Lavosh? Pita chips? Wheat thins? Help!
I really want to try Kenji's NY style pizza recipe this week. I have all the ingredients, a food processor, a scale, a pizza stone....but I don't have a peel! Cooks Illustrated suggests building on a flipped over half sheet pan, but that seems so awkward! Would a flat, rimless cookie sheet work ok? Or does anyone have a different suggestion?
Death Valley hit 135 degrees today! I wonder if you sealed a few steaks in vacuum bags and left them there for several hours, would you wind up with some perfect medium rare steaks?
Uncle George's Greek Taverna in NY was my sister's favorite restaurant when she lived there. We just found out the restaurant has closed. I would love to be able to re-create a few of her favorite dishes. They had a braised beef dish that was large chunks of beef in a tomato based sauce, and lemon potatoes that seemed to have been cooked in oil and lemon, possibly confit style? Any recipes or advice would be welcome.
I broiled some beef koftes last week because I don't currently have a grill. They were on a rack set in a half sheet pan lined with foil. 3/4 of the way through cooking, the drippings started to smoke, setting off all the smoke alarms. I thought I read in a magazine that I could put something on the baking sheet to absorb the drippings so they wouldn't smoke. Salt, or baking soda maybe? I can't remember and I can't find the magazine either. Opening all the doors and windows isn't the most practical solution at my house, the cats always try to escape/shred my window screens.
I got a holiday gift box containing a bottle of maple syrup and a bag of maple sugar. The syrup has long since been consumed with waffles, but I am not sure what to do with the maple sugar. I know it was expensive, so I would like to use it for something special. Ideas and/or recipes welcome!
I have made Swiss buttercream a few times and liked it, but a friend just sent me a recipe for an amazing-looking raspberry buttercream that starts with an Italian buttercream base. I have never tackled Italian buttercream because hot sugar syrup makes me nervous. On the other hand, whisking egg whites by hand over a double boiler to make Swiss buttercream isn't that much fun either. Is there a huge flavor or texture difference between the two methods that would make it worth branching out?
There's a reason they called it a library. "It's supposed to be an educational experience," bar manager Tommy Klus said of the recently opened Multnomah Whiskey Library on SW Alder in Portland. We chatted with Klus about his favorite cocktails on the menu, and some whiskeys he thinks you should try.
Sometimes the best part of spending an afternoon making pie is having a slice cold for breakfast the next morning. But if you've having company over and don't want to serve pie for brunch, this simple handheld version takes a classic dessert and puts it in a brunch-friendly disguise.
Coni'Seafood in Los Angeles offers unparalleled Mexican-style seafood, with smoked marlin tacos and assorted ceviches to suit anyone's taste.
I'm not particularly proud of my time time spent working at the kinds of cheesy chain restaurants you'd find next to the Victoria's Secret at the mall or perhaps in Times Square. But aside from making me shun any writer that uses the phrase "X to perfection," it did teach me one valuable lesson: People looooooove meat served on a sizzling platter. Today at The Food Lab, we figure out the best way to make them at home.
What's Italian for "sad?" At Cibo e Beve, I ordered a topping as unique as duck and paid 17 bucks for the privilege, but came away with an impression that was no more memorable than "a rich white pie that mainly tastes like smoke."
You know what spring means? Grilling season is upon us. That means quiet weeknights on the deck scarfing down grilled pizza and sipping on beer with the dogs and wife, or long lazy Sundays grilling burgers with friends. Getting yourself a menu and prepping a bit in advance will help to ensure that those Sundays are as lazy as they can possibly be. Here's how I do it.